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Submitted: 2/13/12 • Approved: 2/13/12 • Last Updated: 9/6/12 • R648732-G0-S3
High Hill Cemetery is located about 2 miles east of Saratoga about 1/2 mile north of Highway 73. The cemetery is in a pasture and is unfenced. All the tombstones are knocked over and some are broken. The overall condition can best be described as sad. It is on land owned by Mike Pope.
The Plum Creek Christian Church was founded in 1875, and they met house to house until a school-church house was built at High Hill. In 1888, the people began to move to present day Saratoga to get out of the blackland mud and for better water. The school-church house was torn down in 1904.
The cemetery is located about 50 yards from the peak of the hill. From the top of the hill one can see why it is called High Hill--there is a view that can be seen for miles in all directions.
About 40 years, ago I visited High Hill Cemetery and copied the names on the gravestones at that time. The following are names that could not be found when these photos were made.
Wife of W C Fricks
February 14, 1850 - September 21, 1886
Wife of J C Fricks
October 17, 1891 - July 12, 1898
Daughter of P A & S E Spates
L C Mobley
Company D 1 Arkansas Cavalry
Civil War Confederate
July 14, 1828 - February 28, 1901
Dates Served 1862 - 1863
Veteran #2354 applied for Confederate Veterans & Widows Penison August 21, 1896, Hempstead County
Manda A Spates
March 26, 1856 - February 2, 1906
Autie Spates Allen
January 10, 1884 - June 23, 1906
J E (John Erwin) Spates
Regiment 9 Arkansas Artillery
Civil War Confederate
September 27, 1840 - February 12, 1924
The following were buried at High Hill, probably in unmarked graves.
Martha A Erwin McJunkins
1832 - 1881
Martha G Dyer McJunkins
March 16, 1850 - Before December 21, 1876
First wife of Samuel Franklin McJunkins
Daughter of Samuel Franklin & Martha A McJunkins
A cow hooked her and she died as a result.
James T McJunkins
April 1855 - September 18, 1908
Lou Palastine Kite McJunkins
February 1864 - Date of death unknown
Contributed on 2/13/12 by mcjunkins
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